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LIVE, TODAY, FROM CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA. Fran McCaffery's Hawkeyes will open Big Ten play with the Indiana Hoosiers this afternoon. The game is an announced sell-out, the first since Northwestern late last year. The Hawkeyes have only sold out the arena four times since 2009. MAD AGAIN, indeed.
LAST WEEK, MCCAFFERY TALKED ABOUT THE HOOSIERS. He called it a "great challenge." Adam Woodbury will get the first crack at stopping Hoosier superstar Cody Zeller. Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons will also have their hands full with Hoosier freshman phenom Yogi Ferrell. McCaffery says Basabe has practiced and should be good-to-go. Iowa's going to need everyone off the bench to hang with the nation's #5 team.
HEADING TO TODAY'S GAME? Here's some parking instructions from the UofI:
- UI parking lots 65 (Finkbine Commuter) and 43 (Kinnick Stadium) will be available to fans beginning at 1 p.m.
- These lots are open to the general public and are in close proximity to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Parking costs $5.
- UI parking lots 33, 40, 75 and 46 will be controlled and available beginning at 1 p.m. These lots are reserved for fans with the appropriate parking pass.
- The Newton Road parking ramp will be available. The cost will be $1.10 per hour.
- There will be no access to the parking ramps adjacent to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. These ramps must be reserved for patients and staff.
- Fans are encouraged to ride to and from Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the shuttle available at Hancher Auditorium. Shuttle service is free and will begin at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN PICKED THE HAWKEYES TO FINISH 8TH. Eamonn Brennan, of ESPN.com, has a Big Ten primer ready in time for the conference slate. The Hawkeyes are picked to finish 8th in the league and are nabbed a "tournament team."
THE IOWA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM SPENT THE WEEKEND WINNING. They knocked off the nation's #20 team Texas Friday night and by a 23 point margin. The upset put Iowa in the final of the Maggie Dixon Surf `N Slam Classic against San Diego. The Hawkeyes won the tournament last night, defeating SD 83-73.
A HAWKEYE LEGEND IS RETIRING. John Streif, long-time Hawkeye athletic trainer and travel coordinator, will retire from Iowa January 2nd. This news has brought out the sincere tributes and goodbyes from those that know him. He will be missed.
MORE FERENTZ TO THE NFL. Marc Morehouse, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, writes that KF to KC doesn't make sense. Morehouse summarizes the tweets we've all by now seen and notes that when asked about the Penn State position last season, Ferentz replied, ""When am I going to be old enough that you stop asking me about this [bleep]."
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